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Speeds ‘red herring’ when North needs backbone builds, panel hears

telecom | 04/12/2016 9:36 pm EDT

GATINEAU, Que. — Setting a basic speed requirement doesn’t do the North any good when it comes to improving Internet access, unless there’s necessary backbone infrastructure in place, a CRTC panel on basic telecom services heard Tuesday. On the second day of the three-week proceeding, commissioners heard from a variety of witnesses who operate in the northern territories. The focus on download and upload speeds is a red herring, Jeff Philipp, CEO of SSi Micro Ltd., which is...